Dr. Stephen W. Nicholas, a pediatrician from New York, has been a pioneer in providing care for children with HIV and their families since the 1980s. He realized that many of the children he was helping were from the Dominican Republic, and decided to travel to La Romana to better understand the root causes. What began as a program to prevent HIV transmission from mother to child, grew very quickly to encompass psycho-social support and health care to their families and other vulnerable populations, such as sex workers, adolescents and people living in poverty. In 2008, a new clinic opened that provided specialized services for adolescents. Today, the clinic is independent and recognized as an outstanding model of comprehensive health services in the Dominican Republic.
You will be guided and supported by the staff while taking part in orientations upon arrival, during mid-stay, and at the end of your stay. During these orientations, you’ll learn about the importance of relationship-building with your host family and local community.